The team line up for the Geneva Tournament 2016

After a bad night's sleep, the next morning, we headed into the city centre again for a bite to eat and then headed to a market. A local said it was closed, but he was just bullshitting. I told Dave to trust in me by sayng if you ask someone directions in Hendon, they’ll send you the opposite way. Don’t trust the Swiss; they have dodgy banking.

We were back in time and were kindly taken to the venue by our "Transit Man". At the venue the weather was holding. Storms were predicted, but thankfully, nothing arrived, so it was still a hard grass pitch, meaning Dixon chose his astro-trainers, which would eventually lead to him being picked out by a sniper. The venue was great and the lower level changing rooms were easily accessible. It kicked off a little late, but we were ready (sort of).

Opener saw Sassco do everything possible to try and lose the game against the team which walloped us indoor. They scored first, but we equalised, from Eddy Cook and the crowd went wild.. They scored again, then we equalised. We eventually went ahead. It was direct football. No fucking around passing from left to right. Defend in numbers and then launch it to the outlet. Gourlay scored a hat-trick.

We then were prepared for our second game and steamrollered our opponents, who were a futsal team. Four goals in around six minutes saw them off. Dixon was shockingly snipered late on, but recovered in time. A penalty in the second half saw Gourlay score another hat-trick.

Final game was serious stuff. FC Geneva were in the 3rd tier of Swiss football. They’d hammered FC Futsal and overcome Semailles, so our game was a decider. Realistically, we had to win due to goal difference. We were strong and stuborn, but failed to keep a clean sheet in the first half. Second half, we tried in vain to equalise, but eventually they scored again. Gourlay weaved in and out and hit the post, but did score in the dying seconds. We lost, but felt accomplished as the games ended.

In the evening, we relaxed with a pizza/pasta as Ed desperately wanted one. We then wandered aimlessly around before they decided to wander into a dingy pub to watch fat people no one had really heard of play each other in Soccer Aid. I headed back through Prostitute Alley (Dave told me where to head) and wasn’t too impressed. The bus back and then uploading Digga being snipered.

Next morning, we headed to the city centre for a breakfast of jam and bread, but in the afternoon, we were due to meet at the hotel for a trip to the heavens. Dave got a bit upset with me as me and Dixon and Cooper were in the shopping centre having a tea/coffee. Prior to that, Dixon got upset with Dave and Dave got upset with Barker. Ed Cook couldn’t give a shit. However, we all reunited and were taken by Jose (or “Jackie” as we called him until one of us built up the courage to ask) up to the mountains where me, Gourlay and Baxter went on the cable car up to 4,000+ feet. Gourlay’s hands started sweating (shame he didn’t have the wrist bands). At the top, we drove to the summit where we saw Switzerland and Italy while standing in France. Memorable.

On the way back, we started discussing chants to use, such as: “You think you were Swiss, you think you were Swiss, you think you were Swiss, but really your shit”. However the most popular one was:

“Ice, Ice, Eddy…”

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Switzerland Tour 2016 - 11th June 2016

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During the Switzerland Tour, the Microsoft Band was in action and with GPS tracking during the Geneva Tournament, here are the results from my ultra-cautious approach during three 20 minute...Read More

Geneva Tournament 2016 - Sass…

Switzerland Tour 2016 - 11th June 2016

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After a bad night's sleep, the next morning, we headed into the city centre again for a bite to eat and then headed to a market. A local said it...Read More

Futsal defeat in Geneva - Sas…

Switzerland Tour 2016 - 4th June 2016

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Back in the late Summer of 2015, I was contemplating an end to the football tours. We were Stateside in New York, playing in iconic surroundings, down in the Lower...Read More

Geneva Tournament 2016

Switzerland Tour 2016 - 19th May 2016

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Delighted, as part of the tour in Switzerland, to be involved in a special tournament arranged by Adolfo Domingues and FC Semailles. There are a total of five teams taking part...Read More

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Switzerland Tour 2016 - 26th April 2016

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Workwear Express will be supplying the Switzerland Tour 2016 jersey. The shirt (along with a black long sleeve version for the goalkeeper) will be worn by the six players travelling to Geneva...Read More

McDermont Disaster!

Switzerland Tour 2016 - 18th April 2016

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McDermont sets the tone for his performance with a pre-match miss. Confidence was sky high, but then Dixon announced he was unavailable, which meant McDermont hopped on board, alongside He Who...Read More

Switzerland Tour 2016 venues

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The map below shows the venues to be used in Switzerland. The game against FC Semailles Futsal will be taking place on the 5th June on the Stade De Fraisiers grass pitch...Read More

Swiss test at North Lodge.

Switzerland Tour 2016 - 19th February 2016

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The team in one of the worst photos ever taken and placed on a Sassco site (by Paul McConville) Despite the posh surroundings, the teams made their journeys from the four...Read More

Mike "Max Baxter" B…

Switzerland Tour 2016 - 6th November 2015

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Delighted to see after much "humming" and "haaaing", that Mike Barker, goal scorer extraordinaire and Dave Gourlay's nemesis, is on board to make the squad a perfect 6. The squad is...Read More

FC Semailles v i…

Switzerland Tour 2016 - 20th September 2015

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Delighted to make contact with a predominantly Futsal team in Geneva. The team, FC Semailles, will be hosting us (thanks to their manager, Adolfo Domingues). The game, set for Sunday...Read More

Suite Novotel Geneve.

Switzerland Tour 2016 - 19th September 2015

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The Suite Novotel Geneve hotel is our venue for the Switzerland Tour 2016. The 3-Star Superior hotel boasts comfortable suites. It also has a fitness room (which might be handy) and a...Read More

It's Geneva in June 2016

Switzerland Tour 2016 - 16th September 2015

Switzerland2016.switzerland 2016 Imagensp 317 are visiting Geneva in Switzerland in 2016. The tour will take place from 3rd June to 6th June. Flights will be from Newcastle and the current cost is around £60...Read More

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